Description: This Square Knot
frame can be used to decorate photos and
artwork. You can also use this technique to make
a pendant for a necklace design.
The photo or item you are framing is attached
to the back of the frame with glue or tape. So
the photo needs to be slightly larger than the
opening in the center of the frame.
This Macrame project is suitable for children
and beginners who have learned to tie the Square
knot. You also need
to know how to tie an Overhand knot.
Make sure you understand the difference
between working cordsand fillers,
before you get started.
In the example shown, 4mm nylon Paracord was
used to make the frame.
Cord Materials (see
Project Board and pins
Glue that dries clear
Photo or Artwork
Since the Square Knot Frame can be any
size, begin by measuring each
side of the photo or piece of
art. Make sure you write down the length
and width measurements, since you will be using
them as you construct the frame.
Size: Add the measurement from
all 4 sides of the photo.
Frame size under 12 inches -- use 2mm size
Frame size 12 - 20 inches - use 3mm or 4mm
Frame size over 20 inches -- use 6mm
Length:Multiply the frame sizeby seven
cords to this size.
to Purchase: Cord
length x 4
Prepare the ends of all four cords with tape or
When using Paracord, melt the ends with a flame,
then apply the tape.
Bottom of Frame
Step 1: Arrange
the cords on your project board
vertically. Secure the centers so
they are lined up as shown.
Mentally number the cords.
The working cords are 1 and 4.
The fillers are 2 - 3.
Step 2: Tie the first
Square Knot so it rests at the center
of the cords, close to the pins.
Step 3: Tie more
Square Knots until the sennit measures
the same as thebottom
edge of the photo or
artwork you are framing.
continued: Move the sennit on your
board so it's horizontal.
The center of it should be on your right
(see next photo).
4: Move working cord
cord 3, so they are vertical.
Cords 1 and 3 will be the fillers
for the right
side of the frame.
Cords 2 and 4 will be the new working
two sides are reversed
in the images right now, so they make more
sense later on.
5: Use working cords 2
and 4 to tie the first Square knot,
which forms the corner.
Pull firmly on the fillers,
so the corner angle is as sharp as
6: Tie more Squareknots so that the sennit measures
the same as the rightside of the
Step 7: Find the center
of the cords, where you started the Square Knot
Frame (upper right).
Mentally number the cords from top
Bring down cords
1 and 3, which will be the fillers
for the leftside.
The other two are the working cords (2 and
steps 5 and 6,
creating the left side of the the frame.
Make sure you tie the same number of
knots, and measure
the sennits, so both sides are the same.
Top of Frame
Step 9: Turn the Square
Knot Frame so the bottom
is on your right.
sideshould be at the top.
Mentally re-number the ends coming from
(top to bottom).
Bring down cords 1 and 3 to be the
fillers for the first half of the top
edge. Cords 2 and 4 will be the
Step 10: Tie only
the number of
knots you need to create the top
of the Square Knot Frame.
So if the bottom has 6 knots, tie 3
for this portion of the frame.
11: Turn the frame so the short sennit
you just tied is at the lowerright,
(see image below).
of the frame should be on your left.
Bring down cords 1 and 3 to be the fillers for
final sennit. Cords 2 and 4 will be the working
Step 12: Tie one
Square Knot to form the corner.
Locate the fillers
coming from the short sennit you made
for the top edge (step
Cross both sets of fillers
in the area between the two sennits.
Step 13: Tie the
remainingSquare Knots with the working
cords, around both
setsof fillers (4
number of SK in this area
should be the same as first half of the
top edge (step
Make sure the knots are tied so the
fillers stay in the backof the frame, even if you have
to reposition them.
You should see only the KNOTS when you
are looking at the front
of the frame.
Pull on the fillers
to bring the two halves close together.
finish off the cords for the Square knot
Frame, tie the working
cords together with an Overhand
knot (in the back).
Apply glue as
you tighten, so it's on the
inside of the knot.
cords can be worked through the back of
the knots to hold them in place.
Apply glue as needed, to hold
the cords in place.
To make a loop to hang the frame, use the two working
cords coming off the top edge, after
you've tied them together and the glue is dry.
Tie the two ends together with an Overhand knot,
leaving a space for hanging the frame.
Attach the photo or artwork to the back
of the frame with glue or very sticky
By using any
text or images on Free Macrame Patterns, you are